Beautiful white-sand beaches and crystal-clear water, majestic ruins of the Maya empire, fun-filled cenotes (limestone sinkholes, often filled with clear water) and colonial cities adorn this south-eastern strap of Mexican land, which in the world of tourism is lovingly called the Riviera Maya. It encompasses the region of Yucatán and Chiapas, and tourism here is growing fast. But despite all the development this growth has brought, such as numerous luxury resorts right at the beach, good infrastructure and great restaurants, you can still find small fishing towns at the coast or head inland to glimpse a more authentic Mexico that tourism seems to have forgotten. Whether you are a backpacker looking for the local experience, traveling with a family or on honeymoon, the Riviera Maya has so much on offer it can easily satisfy every kind of traveler.
Most visited is the 135km of coastline that stretches south from Puerto Morelos to Tulum. If it’s partying that you want, you’ll find serious indulgence in boomtown Playa del Carmen. If you want to dive, you can go to Puerto Morales. And if are you looking for picture-perfect Maya ruins perched high above the beach, Tulum is the place to be.
But also more land inwards there is a lot of beauty to be explored, such as the famous Maya ruins of Chichen Itza and Palenque, picturesque colonial towns such as Merida and San Cristóbal de las Casas and thousands cenotes tucked away in the forest. Tourism has been on the rise for a good reason and we warmly welcome you to experience why!